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Mozambique elects Nyusi as new president

Filipe Nyusi addresses a cheering crowd of supporters during a campaign rally on October 12, 2014 on the outskirts of MaputoMozambique has elected Filipe Nyusi of the governing Frelimo party as the next president, the National Electoral Commission said Thursday in announcing final results of polls two weeks ago. The former defence minister won 57 percent of the vote in the southern African nation — sharply down on Frelimo’s 75 percent victory in the last presidential election in 2009. Nyusi’s nearest rival, Afonso Dhlakama of the former rebel Renamo party, garnered 37 percent of the votes — more than double the 16 percent he won in 2009. Incumbent President Armando Guebuza, who was constitutionally barred from seeking re-election to a third term, will hand over early next year to Nyusi, 55, who will steer the country as it starts to tap vast natural gas resources recently discovered in the north.

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